Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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LITCHFIELD - A small campfire crackled with welcome heat on a chilly morning as the woodlands that completely ring the wind-stirred waters of Greenleaf Lake in Meeker County showed the first blush of fall colors. Appropriately, a couple of dozen people gathered near the shoreline joined in applause for it all.
OLIVIA – Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Judge Randall J. Slieter as the Seventh Congressional District Judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals, it was announced Friday. Slieter will replace Judge Michael L. Kirk.
ORTONVILLE — Anglers have through the day Monday, Oct. 29, to comment on a proposal to allow continuous fishing for walleye, northern pike and bass on South Dakota-Minnesota border waters. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is taking comments as part of an expedited rulemaking process. It would allow for the changes to be effective in March 2019. The proposal includes the border waters of Big Stone, Traverse, Hendricks and Mud Lakes; and the Bois de Sioux and Mustinka rivers. South Dakota is currently moving forward with making the change.
GRANITE FALLS — For over three decades, Dale and Jo Pederson have built a reputation for the rustic furniture and timber frame structures they craft from willows and trees they harvest from the woodlands of the Upper Minnesota River Valley they call home. Sounds like they knew exactly what they were doing when they decided to make their living by following their passion. "No, we hadn't thought about anything like this," said Jo, laughing. "I wanted a chair. That's the story."
APPLETON — Amidst cheers and the rumble of diesel machinery, history was made Monday afternoon. For the first time in over 80 years, the Pomme de Terre River began flowing down a stretch of its natural channel and once again reached the Minnesota River at its natural outlet just downstream of the Marsh Lake Dam. Workers with RTS Shearing of Jamestown, North Dakota, breached the dike that has diverted the river into Marsh Lake since the mid-1930s.
NEW LONDON - Trips to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica and San Francisco, California, set the stage for this three-day paddling adventure. During those days, Siri Gossman of New London and friend, Brittni Driver of Barrow, Alaska, lifted their canoe over toppled trees in a fast current, dodged an electric fence crossing the water, but mostly, loved every minute of paddling on waters that were bordered by woodlands and bucolic scenery. "When we weren't climbing over trees and everything, it was so beautiful,'' said Grossman with a smile.
OLIVIA – Not your usual trip home for lunch: That’s how Susie Lang described her drive on Friday. A bull moose bolted out in front her as she headed down Fairview Avenue on the west edge of Olivia, the city’s familiar water tower and the U.S. Highway 212 commercial strip all within her eyesight.
MONTEVIDEO — The former administrator of the Luther Haven nursing home in Montevideo faces a charge of felony theft. Tamara Noel Borstad, 46, of Appleton, is accused of using the nursing home's credit card and taking cash from its safe to use for gambling. The nursing home calculates it lost $38,812.58 in money taken and not paid back, including fees and charges, according to a criminal complaint filed Sept. 19 in Chippewa County District Court.
MONTEVIDEO — A monument that four siblings placed on their mother's gravesite, only to have it removed by their father and older brother and replaced by another with a fire and brimstone Biblical passage aimed at them, must be returned.
GRANITE FALLS — A defendant has lost his appeal and will have to serve consecutive prison sentences for assaults against two officers booking him into the Yellow Medicine County Jail. In an opinion issued Monday, the Minnesota Court of Appeals rejected an appeal by Lance Martin Odegard, 43. The Yellow Medicine County District Court ordered him to serve consecutive sentences of 36 and 39 months for felony fifth-degree assault convictions, each the maximum possible for a defendant with his criminal record.